Steroids are a common phenomenon and their use as performance enhancers are not new.
But what exactly are the effects of their use? How do they affect the daily life of an individual & their sexual health? Read on to learn more.
What are Steroids?
Steroids are defined as organic compounds whose structures include four alkane rings. They are both naturally produced and can be synthesized in a lab.
Examples of steroids are cholesterol, testosterone, progesterone and cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). Yes, so you do have some amount of steroids in your body.
Usually, steroids are taken in a negative context, just like how cholesterol. But in this article, we’re mainly going to see how they’re misused and how do their misuse affect sexual health.
What are the Types of Steroids?
Steroids can be classified into 32 types. Some of these are very rare and almost all of them serve more than one purpose.
Statistics Regarding Usage:
There has been an increase in the use & abuse of steroids, especially in the 21st century. Real-time consumer statistics state that in America, over 1-3 million use steroids for nonmedical purposes. This is just over 1% of the total population.
What the media portrays is that they are mostly used by athletes and bodybuilders to perform better and build muscles quicker. But the same study above showed the age demographic of 25-35, and most of them have graduated high school and many of them are in their college. Those in this demographic are perfectly educated and their sole purpose of using steroids is to improve their physique.
Sales and Restrictions:
To be clear, anabolic steroids are completely legal in the majority of the regions and countries in the world. There are no restrictions on the possession, sale or production of anabolic steroids in countries like Canada and UK but the prohibition of the usage is only found in America.
Safety and Precautions:
Even though the media tries to portray steroids in a bad light, it has never been proved that steroids have harmed when using within strict guidelines in the past 60+ years. The effects start reversing when the individual breaks the limit of its usage.
Responsible usage of anabolic steroids can help healthy adults actually perform better, but this scenario is different in the cases of children, teenagers and females.
The type of steroid that you need is also very important as their primary purpose must match your case. If you aim to use steroids purely for their therapeutic purpose, their use won’t even matter as multiple different ones can give you the same effect. Choosing a steroid whose therapeutic nature is well known and its primary purpose unknown could be a huge risk.
Effects of Steroids on Sexual Health:
As we’ve learned before, there is an androgenic effect attached to the use of an anabolic steroid. Using steroids will increase sex drive immensely and the results will be visible from day two.
But the side effects attached to this “boon” are increased breast size, impotence and testicular atrophy.
Often when people supplement themselves with steroids, they start decreasing the intake of fat. What this does is that this leads to decrease in energy levels as well as libido.
If you are a workout junkie, and if you’ve read our article about tips to increase your testosterone levels, the first point was to “Start Eating Fat”. A decrease in the levels of fat in the body could inhibit the production of testosterone leading to impotence, infertility, loss in libido, strength, etc. and add that to the low sex drive.
Some people try supplementing themselves with Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) thinking that it will increase their sex drive, but it does absolutely nothing to an average individual. Not to mention, it is administered under an expert supervision, at an extreme stage, and is very costly.
Effects of Steroids As A Complete Male Enhancement Supplement:
The effects of steroids are widespread. While they might show favorable results and characteristics in a specific area of interest, they also tend to show unfavorable ones in other areas. There have been several attempts to create the “perfect steroid”, but scientists inferred from their failures that some processes are entwined and an effect on one could lead to a side effect on the other. This is a process which is unavoidable, for instance, the tissue-building process and masculinizing effects are entwined.
So if you choose to use an anabolic steroid, there is an androgenic effect bound alongside it. The most you can do is to choose it such that these androgenic effects favor you, or to counter those effects using suitable medication.
The psychology of a person changes instantly after using a steroid. The effect of feeling more powerful, full of energy, and sex drive peaking could all cause the person to get addicted to using the steroid on a regular basis. This craving could just end up dangerous, if the person gets to use the steroid without any medical supervision, or procuring it illegally. Cycle after cycle, the cost of supplementing could just take over the cost of using the gym!
Using steroids is a step which should be done in a sane mind. One must always consult an expert regarding any issues, especially when it will impact sexual health.
Steroids are supplemented and are prescribed for individuals whose cases are well more complicated than just impotence or testosterone deficiency.
There are several natural solutions which will fulfill your needs without any androgenic/anabolic effects.